WSL Athletics Regular Season Finale
WSL Athletics Regular Season Finale Preview: Dos Palos seeking perfection, Coalinga & Firebaugh battle it out for playoff seeding.
Dos Palos has had the season only the folks in the small city of 5,445 were looking forward to see after a tumultuous couple of years and an unfortunate scandal. Spring of 2019 the news came in that Kevin Jones was out as head coach and in comes former coach Rob Calvert to try to turn it around and have a successful season, And after a good summer and fall camp in which Dos Palos won a few 7-on7 passing leagues they were ready to kick off the season on a high and strong note. The season started out with a tough test…a road trip to their Archrival Los Banos in the “Westside War” in which the Tigers of Los Banos have won the last 8 meetings with Dos Palos’s last win being in 2010 at home. But the last victory on the road was 2007 and a tough test it was and finally after 8 long years Dos Palos snapped the streak and brought home the Cotton Bale back home, After a win against Roosevelt they then ran into a brick wall called the Washington Union Panthers and suffered their first and so far only loss of the season. But since then they have gotten back to their winning ways and on top of winning the WSL Title which they did last week against Tranquillity, They are currently ranked 3rd in Division 5 according to Maxpreps, ranked 2nd according to The Pagmeter , And ranked 4th according to The Fresno Bee. They finish the season on the road against Avenal on Friday Night and are projected to be between the 2nd thru 4th seed in the playoffs when the CIF releases the bracket Saturday afternoon.
Firebaugh and Coalinga have had rough seasons with close wins and losses and also the occasional blowout win and loss but well things haven’t been easy for both programs. And once again on Friday night at Firebaugh’s Eagle Stadium these two programs will meet with so much on the line in terms of playoff seedings. Coalinga’s Coach Ron Redding confirmed to me in a phone interview earlier in the week that Coalinga will go to playoffs win or lose which would make them the 2nd WSL team going to playoffs. Firebaugh on the other hand isn’t so sure about the postseason yet but it may or may not depend on their performance against Coalinga on Senior Night in which Firebaugh will also during halftime have a ceremony to retire Josh Allen’s (Firebaugh 2011-2014) football jersey. Firebaugh have had a few tough losses but probably the roughest would be the 42-14 loss to archrival Mendota in the annual Battle of 33 Game and also an overtime loss to league champions Dos Palos 34-28. So once again these two will be playing for their postseason placing unlike the previous time in which it was two years ago they played each other twice in which the first game was also the last and it was for the WSL Title and then again two weeks in the Division 5 Quarterfinals. So we all hope for a classic battle between the Eagles of Firebaugh and The Horned Toads of Coalinga on Friday Night at Eagles Stadium AKA: The Nest
Good Luck to all the teams and give it your all for the final push to the postseason.
Go Bulldogs!!! Beat The Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii!!!
Kevin Arias-Romero Twitter: @Kromero21
Editor-in-Chief, WSL Athletics & WSL Contributor, The Pagmeter